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Donna Mae McMullen

August 16, 1940 June 13, 2020
Donna Mae McMullen
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Donna Mae McMullen, was born Donna Gurske in Ashland WI the 4th of 6 children.
She graduated from Ashland High in 1958. After High School she met and married Benette Alan Tyler of Cornucopia and together they had 6 children.
Donna moved to Oregon in 1986 where she met John McMullen. They were together for 30 years, marrying in 2006 until his passing from Alzheimer's in 2016.


Donna was an avid Packers fan, who cheered on every game with a particular love for Brett Favre. She was also a pool team captain in the Santiam Canyon pool league for many years until the wear and tear of chemo sidelined her, and even then she managed to show up on occasion to cheer them on. She was a lifelong crafter and loved to cook. But her family was her true joy. Spending time with her children and grandchildren was always a special time, filled with laughter and storytelling.


But mostly Donna loved to live life. She was always finding interesting ways to spice up the party and she was the first in line when someone needed help. Her family was determined to make her last few days as upbeat and joyful as possible, making jokes and making light of every situation that they encountered. She was surrounded in love by her family as she passed.


Donna was preceded in death by :
Her parents Lester and Virginia (McKinnon) Gurske
Husband John (Red) McMullen
Daughter Nadine Tyler
Son David Tyler
Her brothers Jerry, Bill and Les Gurske
Sister in law Delores Gurske
Brother in law Kenneth Vaughan


Donna is survived by
Her children Leslie Barnes (Michael Seis), Kristine Coffin (Dick Coffin), Tim Tyler and Stephanie Hughes.
Grandchildren Tim Scheer (Xochil), David Barnes, Lindsey Tyler, Ashley Combs, Keith Barnes, Felicia Hughes (Mike) and Ryan Barnes (Emily Gyrion).
Great-grandchildren Tony, Lexus, Mackenzie, Jaxson, Alexis, Kylar, Eva and Jace
Sister Rita Vaughan and brother Bernie (Sandy) Gurske


Per her wishes Donna will be cremated and there will be no service. A celebration of life will be planned at a future time. In lieu of flowers a donation to a Cancer charity in her name would be appreciated.

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